Posted by: atowhee | September 24, 2011

WHO’S STILL IN THE MOUNTAINS?

My wife and I took the dog for a walk along Pilot Rock Road and the trail to the base of the rock today.  And now I have a partial answer to the headline question. There were chickadees and a sparrow, a couple flycatchers and the omnipresent Raven.  None of these birds were in thre brushy or open areas, all were in the shady portions of the woods where there is some hint of moisture, and more insects, visible supply of elderberries and currants.  ** Pilot Rock Rd., Jackson, US-OR. Sep 24, 2011 10:15 AM.  11 species.  This area ranges from 4000-5000 ft elevation.  The forest is mostly stunted white oak at lower level, then morphing into Doug-fir, Ponderosa with some white fir.  The elderberry crop this year is especially rich.  That should please the birds and bears.

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Band-tailed Pigeon  8
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Dusky Flycatcher  1
Common Raven  1
Mountain Chickadee  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  10
Hermit Thrush  3
Chipping Sparrow  1
Lazuli Bunting  1


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